Player, Pos, Team Height Weight Draft Grade
01 Khalil Mack OLB, Buffalo 6'2" 244 A 7.2 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Kahlil Mack – Linebacker – Buffalo

Going into the game Mack was not the highest-rated prospect in the game, but after his performance he came out as the best. The 6-3, 248-pound linebacker registered 6 tackles, 1 assist, 2 sacks, 2 QB pressures and an interception that he returned for 45 yards and a touchdown (he also had a 3rd sack called back as mentioned above). Mack has been a dominant player in the Mid-American Conference for 2 years and yesterday he showed the nation how good he is.

He can be a dominant pass rusher as well as a consistent run stopper and pass defender. He has great size to play linebacker to go along with very good speed and overall athleticism. He is strong and explosive, a top competitor and is a very quick reactor. He played so well in the first half that Ohio State adjusted its blocking so he would get constantly doubled or chipped.

I have seen Mack play 3 times while in the last 2 years and going into the season I thought he may have a chance to be a 2nd round pick. That thinking now has to be adjusted. If he continues to play like he did against Ohio State he could very well be a first round pick. Mack is a perfect fit to play OLB in a 3-4 but he can also be a Sam linebacker in a 4-3 and be used as a DE in passing situations. This is a very talented player who is no longer under the radar.

02 Anthony Barr OLB, UCLA 6'3" 238 A 6.9 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Anthony Barr – Outside linebacker

Barr is a 4th year senior from Los Angeles. He was a former four-star recruit who was recruited as a running back. His first two years at UCLA, he played the running back position as well as the F-Back position, which was a cross between running back and move TE. In 2012, he was moved to outside linebacker and his career took off. In his first year on the defensive side of the ball, he had 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss. As a junior he was an unknown commodity. This year, teams are scheming to slow down his pass rush skills. Still he has four sacks and 11 tackles for loss through six games.

Barr has great size (6’4 – 248) to go along with very good athleticism and play speed (4.55). He has a long frame and plays with very good strength and power. For a player who has only been on the defensive side of the ball for less than two seasons, he has very good instincts. He is a quick reactor and is consistently around the ball. In the run game, he shows strength at the point and has the quick hands to shed blocks. He plays the inside and outside run equally well and is also a very good pursuit player. He makes a number of plays coming from the backside. As a pass rusher, he is almost always coming from a 2-point stance. In 2012, he faced many one-on-one situations and won many of those battles to get a sack or pressure. This year, he is being double-teamed far more, and he is showing improvement, getting away from double team blocks. When in a one-on-one situation, it can be very difficult for a blocker to get hands on him. He has an explosive first step, uses his hands well, and knows how to use moves. He has the power to bull rush and push his opponent back toward the QB. When he slips a block, he shows an excellent burst off the block to close.

Barr is used in coverage some and shows good cover skills. He has a very quick drop and has the loose hips to turn and run. He plays under control and can transition easily. Barr is best suited to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Some 4-3 clubs will try and bulk him up a bit and play defensive end while other 4-3 teams would play him at Sam on base downs and defensive end on passing downs. As I have said many times, quality pass rushers are hard to find and have great value. Because of his pass rush skills, Barr easily has top 10 value and maybe even top 5.

03 Ryan Shazier OLB, Ohio State 6'2" 222 A 6.9 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Size – 6020e -225e – 4.57e

Strong Points – Excellent athlete with speed, instinctive, physical, productive, defense run, pass drop and coverage, tackle, very competitive

Weak Points – Size, can get over powered at the point at times

2013 Stats - 143 total tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, four forced fumbles

Summation- Shazier is a third-year junior who is entering the Draft. He has been a starter at Ohio State since the latter part of his freshman season in 2011. He has been very productive, but I don’t see the same tackle production on tape that the Ohio State shows in its stats. I charted four games, and there are plays he gets credit for when he is the third guy in on a tackle.

Shazier does not have a typical linebacker's frame. He looks more the part of a big strong safety. He is lean with very long arms. While he has good overall strength, he is more explosive than strong. This will show, at times, when he has to take on big offensive linemen at the point of attack. He is better at slipping blocks than taking on and shedding, but he still has quick hands and does a good overall job.

Shazier has very good instincts and a nose for the ball. He anticipates very well and is a quick reactor. With his speed, athleticism, and competitiveness, he finds a way to get to the ball. He gets his high number of tackles for loss because he can shoot a gap before a blocker can get on him. While he is good versus the inside run, he is excellent versus the outside run. He takes very good pursuit angles and has great speed for a linebacker.

Despite not having top size, Shazier is a very good blitzer. He has a knack for finding an opening and does an excellent job timing his blitzes. He has an excellent burst coming off a block to close and is very aggressive.

Ryan is also very good in coverage. With his speed and athleticism, he matches up well versus backs and tight ends. He has the suddenness to play man and is alert in zone. His ball skills are good.

Overall, Shazier best fits a 4-3 team as a Will linebacker. In a Tampa-2 type scheme, he can be a future All Pro. He needs to gain some bulk and learn how to shed lineman a little better. At this time, I don’t see him as a good fit to play in a 3-4. He just doesn’t have the bulk that most 3-4 teams are looking for. He is a probable first round pick.

Grade A 6.7

04 Dee Ford OLB, Auburn 6'2" 238 A 6.8x Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:
Size - 6021v - 252 v - 4.63e
Strong Points -Athlete, speed, use hands, pass rush, pursuit
Weak Points - Size for defensive end, consistency defending the run, shed run blocks, back problem
2013 Stats: 29 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks

Summation - Dee is a fifth-year senior and a two-year starter at defensive end for Auburn. He usually lines up on the left side. He plays in a rotation but still gets about 65% of the defensive snaps. Because of that rotation, his overall tackle count is low.

Dee was given a medical red shirt in 2011 after injuring his back in the third game and missing the rest of the season. At the Combine, the medical people advised Dee not to work out because of a back issue. The severity of that problem will ultimately determine where Dee gets drafted.

As a player, Ford is a pass rusher first. He is very quick off the ball, with an explosive first step. He stays low and knows how to use his hands. He has the snap and power through his hips to bull-rush and the quick feet, body control, and flexibility to be effective with moves and countermoves. He shows an excellent burst off of blocks to close to the quarterback. He consistently shows he can dip his shoulder and get under a blocker.

Ford can be inconsistent against the run. He lacks natural size and bulk, and at times, can be slow to get off the blocks of big lineman. He is instinctive and quick to find the ball but can be over powered. He is better when he uses his athleticism to slip blocks and run to the ball. As a pursuit player, he is very good because he consistently takes good angles, is a top competitor, and has speed.

Ford will be best as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. He has played on his feet in the past and has shown he can drop into coverage. Playing that position, he can still use his pass-rushing skills to his advantage. There are some 4-3 clubs that will like him, but I don't think he can be an every-down player playing as a 4-3 defensive end. He just won't be able to hold up versus the run at a top level.

Going forward, the main concern is his back issue. If it is something serious, it could have a negative effective on his draft status. If he does need surgery, that may not be a bad thing. Depending on the problem, it may be an 8 -10 week rehab, and he would be ready well before the start of training camp.

Grade - 6.7 A

05 Demarcus Lawrence OLB, Boise State 6'3" 245 A 6.7 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:
Demarcus Lawrence - Defensive End - Boise State
Size - 6027 - 252 - 4.80
Strong Points -
Very productive, pass rush, defense run, use hands, competitive and aggressive, has very good instincts, showed at Combine that he could drop into coverage.
Weak Points -
Size to play defensive end in the NFL, does not have much experience in coverage, questionable hands.
2014 Season Stats -
72 total tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks
Summation -
Lawrence is a fourth year junior who is entering the Draft as an underclassmen. He started off at Butler Community College in Kansas in 2010 and res shirted. He played for Butler in 2011 and then transferred to Boise State. He has been a two year starter at Boise at defensive end and has been a very productive player. In 2013 he totaled 72 tackles with 20.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. In two seasons at Boise State he has totaled 20 sacks!
Lawrence lines up at DE in the Bronco defense. He is usually a 5 technique but at times is at a 7 or up on his feet. He is quick off the ball and with his good instincts he is always around the ball. He lacks great size at 6027 - 252, but he has long arms, knows how to play with leverage and is strong. You seldom see him knocked off the ball and he knows how to use his hands to shed.
He is best as a pass rusher, as he is quick off the ball and uses his hands well to get by his opponent. He has the explosiveness through his hips to gain ground as a bull rusher. He also has the flexibility to lower his shoulder and get under his opponent when speed rushing. With his quick feet and hand use he is good with counter moves.
At the Combine, he did linebacker drill and showed the back pedal, turn and burst needed to play in coverage. His plant and drive in transition was also good. What lacked was his hands, as he struggled to catch the ball.
Overall, Lawrence will be valued the highest by the 3-4 teams. He can be an every down player as he can play the run, rush the passer and drop into coverage when needed. There are some 1 gap 4-3 schemes that will also value him as a right end because of his pass rush talents. I can see Lawrence drafted as high as the second round in May's NFL Draft.

06 Carl Bradford OLB, Arizona State 6'1" 241 A 6.6 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

A little more than a week before the January 15th final filing date to enter the NFL Draft, Arizona State junior OLB/DE Carl Bradford announced that he would return to school for his final year of eligibility. For whatever reason, Bradford later changed his mind and decided to come out. After watching five of his performances on tape, I have to admit he made a good decision. Bradford is a terrific player.

Carl BradfordAfter originally announcing he would stay in school, Bradford later decided to enter the NFL draft.

Bradford is a fourth- year junior and a two-year starter. He redshirted his first year (2010) and played as a backup with one start in 2011. The last two seasons, Bradford has been a playmaker supreme for the Sun Devils. During that time span, the standout linebacker has amassed 142 total tackles including 39.5 tackles for loss and 20 sacks. He’s also notched two interceptions.

Bradford is listed as a defensive end in Arizona State’s scheme and plays mostly from a 3-point stance, but he will play on his feet at times both as an outside linebacker and in some situations as an inside linebacker. As a defensive end, he lacks great size. Bradford is listed as being 6010 – 243. He has good arm length for his size and he is very athletic. He can change direction easily, has quick feet, very good balance and quality play speed. I would estimate he will run in the 4.65 – 4.68 area. Despite not being very big, Bradford shows strength and is able to hold the point of attack. He plays with bend and can use his hands. He has the ability to shed quickly and he can move laterally through trash. Bradford is a quick reactor who is instinctive and able to find the ball. He seldom gets fooled.

In the run game, Bradford makes plays both at him and in pursuit. He consistently takes good angles to the ball. With his quickness he can slip blocks and get to the ball. One of the best parts of his game is he has an all-out motor and competes on every play. Bradford may lack size, but he plays a physical and aggressive game. As a pass rusher, Bradford has the speed and burst to be effective off the edge, but he can also put together counter moves and come back to the inside. He has the body flexibility to get under his opponent when he is turning the corner. He also shows some effectiveness as a bull rusher. Bradford has the natural power and explosion through his hips to use this technique. While he is not used that often in pass coverage, he shows a good drop into the short zones. He has lateral quickness and can plant and drive on the ball.

Overall, this is an interesting prospect. On tape, Bradford is very productive and I have no doubt that he will start very early in his pro career. His best fit is as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme where his pass rush talents can be utilized. He can also play as a Sam linebacker in many 4-3 schemes and be used as a defensive end in passing situations. Because he is an underclassman, Bradford’s verified measurables will have a lot to do with where he actually gets drafted. He is listed as being 6’1, but may not be that tall. His timed speed will also figure highly into where he is taken. Without knowing his actual size and speed, Bradford’s tape says he should go anywhere from the late second round to early third.

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07 Kyle Van Noy OLB, BYU 6'3" 235 A 6.6 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Size – 6032v – 244v – 4.73e

Strong Points – Good size, competitive, productive, defends the run, shed, strength, pass drop and cover

Weak Points – Good, but not an elite athlete, not real explosive, has scheme limitations

2013 Stats: 70 total tackles, 17.5 Tackles for loss, four sacks, two interceptions

Summation – Kyle is a fourth-year senior and a two-and-a-half year starter at outside linebacker. He has very good size at 6032 – 244, with good arm length and a solid frame. He has growth potential to 250+.

As an athlete, he is good, but not elite. He is a semi-strider with good change of direction, bend, and body control. He isn’t really sudden. He plays with good strength, can hold the point, but is not overly explosive.

As a player, he is asked to do a lot and succeeds. He plays mostly on his feet, has good instincts, and is a quick reactor. He can find the ball and make plays. He does a good job taking on blocks and shedding. He seldom gives ground to a blocker and his hand use is good.

Van Noy isn’t overly aggressive, but he plays with a good temperament. He is a consistent run defender and plays the inside and outside runs equally well. He can chase in pursuit and make plays from the backside. While he has good play speed, I don’t see a top burst. As a pass rusher, he is effective because he can use his hands and get off blocks. When blitzing, he knows how to time his blitzes and find a seam. His burst off of blocks is adequate.

BYU uses Van Noy a lot in coverage. He is walked off at times and has a good drop and turn. His ability to plant and drive is adequate. He is best in zone, but he can match up against a tight end and be effective.

I see Van Noy as a good player but not a special player. He is best suited to play in a 3-4 scheme in the NFL. He has the talent to be an every down player because he can play the run, rush the passer, and play in coverage. He needs to develop his explosiveness to be a top player in the NFL. I can see him starting for a team with a need as a rookie and should get drafted as high as the mid-to-late second round but, more likely, early in the third. His Combine workout will have a lot to say on where his final slot is. He may never be an All Pro, but he will be a winning NFL player.

Grade B 6.6

08 Jeremiah Attaochu OLB, Georgia Tech 6'2" 240 A 6.6 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:
Size - 6032v - 252v - 4.72e
Strong Points - Pass rush, good athlete, uses hands as a pass rusher, competes
Weak Points - Size for defensive end, strength, shed blocks, inexperience in pass coverage
2013 Stats - 45 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks

Summation - Attaochu is a fourth-year senior and a three year starter at defensive end. He lines up on both sides of the formation, and while he is usually in a two-point stance, he also plays from a three-point stance.

Attaochu is an every down player for Georgia Tech and usually plays over 80% of the defensive plays in any given game. He is a good athlete and a top competitor. He has very good change of direction and body control and is light on his feet. He has play speed of about 4.72 with a good burst.

While he can be explosive, he lacks top strength at the point of attack. At 252 pounds, he often gives away size and power to his opponents. While he has quick hands, he can be slow getting off run blocks, and there are times I have seen him driven back by blockers. Still, he has the quickness to elude blocks when he has the opportunity.

Attaochu has good instincts and is a quick reactor. He finds the ball. He is quick to recognize both the run and pass. His initial quickness is very good from both a two-point and three-point stance.

The best thing Attaochu does is rush the passer. He is more of a move pass rusher than a bull rusher. He has the quick feet and quick hands to use moves and redirect his charge and is explosive coming off blocks to close. He is very effective using stunts with other defenders. You also see his top competitiveness when he is rushing the passer, as he never gives up on a play.

While Attaochu usually plays on his feet, you don't see him drop into coverage that often. When he does, he has a good drop and is able to get depth, but you seldom see him have to make adjustments.

Overall, Attaochu will be best as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. He doesn't have the size and power to play every down as a defensive end in a 4-3 and be efficient. He needs to increase his strength and power, but that shouldn't be a problem. He will also need to get a feel for pass coverage, but he has the talent, athleticism, and instincts to be good in that area. In most 3-4 defenses, he will be used as a pass rusher on passing downs.

Attaochu has a lot of upside and should start early in his career. I can see him being a solid second round pick. He didn't work out at the Combine, and we still need to get verified speed and jumps.

09 Jordan Tripp OLB, Montana 6'3" 237 B 6.5 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Jordan Tripp – Linebacker – Montana

Size – 6026 – 234 – 4.63

Strong Points – Size, athlete, speed, instincts, productive, dominates level of competition, pass coverage, competes, tackling

Weak Points – Level of competition, short arms, can get out of control in space, slow to shed at times

2013 Stats – 100 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, three interceptions

Summation – Tripp is a fifth-year senior and a four-year starter for Montana. He played in three games in 2011 before sustaining a season ending injury and was awarded an injury red-shirt year.

He plays outside linebacker. He has good size at 6026 – 234, with the frame to easily play at 240. His only physical shortcoming is short arms. He is very athletic, with speed and very good change of direction.

He is an instinctive playmaker who shows he can dominate a lower level of competition. He is competitive and plays hard every play. At times, he is so intent on getting to the ball that he can get out of control in space and ball carriers can cut back on him.

He is not overly physical and can be slow to shed at times (short arms and average hand use), but he plays so hard that he consistently makes plays. He makes a lot of plays coming from the backside because of his speed and angles. He is usually a good tackler, but at times, will hit and not wrap. He is very consistent versus the inside run.

He is very good in coverage, has the athleticism and change of direction to play man, and has the awareness to be effective in zone. He transitions very well for a linebacker and has very good hands.

While not used a lot to blitz, he is effective and will come hard. He needs to learn some redirect moves and use his hands better.

Overall, Tripp is an athlete who is still a bit raw. He is going to have to get a little bigger to play in the NFL, but he has the frame to do that. He will need a year to develop, but I can see him becoming a starter as a 4-3 Will sometime in his second year. He has the traits to be a good special teams' player while he is developing,

Grade B 6.5

10 Christian Jones OLB, Florida State 6'3" 232 B 6.5 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Christian Jones – Outside Linebacker – Florida State

Size – 6033 – 240 – 4.71

Strong Points – Size, athlete, play speed, pass rush, pursuit, pass drop and coverage

Weak Points – Average instincts, can be slow to shed, has average hands

2013 stats – 56 total tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks, six QB hurries, one interception

Summation – Jones is a fourth-year junior and a three-year starter. He has played both Will and Sam linebacker for Florida St. On passing downs, he is often lines up in a three-point stance as a pass rusher.

Jones has very good outside linebacker size at 6033 – 240. He is a very good athlete who is smooth, has good change of direction, and plays faster than his timed speed. He has loose hips and moves well in transition.

Jones is more of a reactor than an instinctive player. He doesn’t anticipate things. It’s more "see" then react. This can cause him to be a step late getting to plays. His overall run defense is good. He plays with strength at the point and seldom gives ground to blockers. He needs to use his hands better and shed more quickly. He is a very good pursuit player who takes good angles and shows he can catch plays from behind.

While not used in coverage a lot, he has a good drop, shows he can play man or zone and has good ball reactions. At the combine, he showed average hands. As a pass rusher, he gets off the ball quickly, stays low, and is able to push the pocket. He has some moves, and while he doesn’t have a great many sacks, he gets pressures.

Overall, Jones can play as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 or be a Sam in a 4-3. In either case, he will probably be used as a designated pass rusher for passing situations. I don’t see Jones coming in as a rookie starter, but he can contribute on special teams. He needs to develop quicker reactions in order to become a starter. It will be his second or third year before he becomes a fulltime player.

Grade – B 6.5

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